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lavatory

[lav-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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noun, plural lav·a·to·ries.
  1. a room fitted with equipment for washing the hands and face and usually with flush toilet facilities.
  2. a flush toilet; water closet.
  3. a bowl or basin with running water for washing or bathing purposes; washbowl.
  4. any place where washing is done.
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Origin of lavatory

1325–75; Middle English lavatorie < Late Latin lavātōrium washing-place, equivalent to Latin lavā(re) to wash + -tōrium -tory2
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latrine, toilet, restroom, shower, washroom, WC

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British Dictionary definitions for lavatory

lavatory

noun plural -ries
  1. Also called: toilet, water closet, WC
    1. a sanitary installation for receiving and disposing of urine and faeces, consisting of a bowl fitted with a water-flushing device and connected to a drain
    2. a room containing such an installation
  2. the washing place in a convent or monastic establishment
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Word Origin for lavatory

C14: from Late Latin lavātōrium, from Latin lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for lavatory

n.

late 14c., "washbasin," from Latin lavatorium "place for washing," noun use of neuter of adjective lavatorius "pertaining to washing," from lavatus, past participle of lavare "to wash" (see lave). Sense of "washroom" is first attested 1650s; as a euphemism for "toilet, W.C.," it is attested by 1864.

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